Conserving Your Lands


Preserving family lands from future development can be a satisfying act for people committed to protecting the environment. Around the United States, many valuable sites of historic importance, natural significance, and scenic beauty, which are protected today, would have been developed had it not been for the individuals, groups and companies who chose to work with public or private organizations which can protect land and assure that it will remain in its natural state.

What Can I do to Preserve my Lands
Each decision to conserve a property is a deeply personal one. It involves the landowners’ financial and family circumstances, the land resource itself, and most importantly, the owner’s vision for the future of that land. One of the best ways to protect natural areas is through good private stewardship. This often simply means leaving the sensitive portions of the property alone. It can mean using some areas wisely for forestry, farming, recreation or personal enjoyment, and setting other areas aside for conservation.

You can also protect your land more formally using the land conservation tools available through Alachua County's land conservation program, Alachua County Forever. Because every situation is unique, Alachua County Forever offers several different mechanisms to conserve productive, scenic, historic and environmentally important lands. These lands give Alachua County its rural, historic and natural character that many residents value and want to sustain. You can combine different options to get the right mix of sale, donation or agreement to provide the best opportunities to protect your land, and to meet your and your family's financial needs and other interests. 

Acquisition Process

·         The public nominates property to the Prog​ram using a simple one-page form. Property owners must be willing sellers. Condemnation of property is not permitted.

·         Projects are evaluated by staff using a 25-question matrix and presented to the Land Conservation Board. Criteria include water resources protection, habitat protection, species protection, social value, manageability, economic, and acquisition issues.

·         After reviewing the evaluation, the Land Conservation Board determines which projects to recommend to the County Commissioners for inclusion on the Acquisition List.

·         Once projects are on the Acquisition List, staff negotiate to acquire the property or a conservation easements. Offers are made based on appraisals of fair market value by independent appraisers.

·         Contracts to purchase must be approved by the Board of County Commissioners.


Contact us

Land Conservation 14 NE 1st St. Gainesville, FL 32601​
Phone: 352-264-6868 Fax: 352-264-6852 Email Us:​